444 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City , KS
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Kansas City, KS Full-time
Posted on August 1, 2018

Research Project Coordinator


The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP: is seeking to hire a Research Project Coordinator to manage early childhood research and technology development activities. Activities to be coordinated include development of web and mobile applications, as well as research activities such as administration of child assessments in centers and/or families’ homes. The JGCP is a research center within the University of Kansas’ Institute for Life Span Studies. The JGCP has a mission of developing and validating evidence-based practices for teachers, parents, and caregivers in public schools, preschools, and childcare programs in the community. The Research Project Coordinator will work with researchers, application developers, assessment staff, and sub-contractors to facilitate on-time delivery of high-quality applications for use by early childhood educators, and data collection activities to test the impact of those applications on early childhood practices. JGCP develops both web and mobile applications typically used by educators and parents to support children’s early childhood development and academic success. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is dependent on yearly funding and satisfactory annual evaluation.

The position is at JGCP, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101.



  1. Coordinate and monitor development and research activities based on scope of work, proposed timeline, and staff/resource allocation. (45%)
  2. Meet regularly with developers and research staff to review development, problem solve challenges, and re-allocate resources as needed depending on current project needs. (20%)
  3. Coordinate research activities between families and educators and research staff. (10%)
  4. In collaboration with research staff and application developers, prioritize development tasks. (15%)
  5. In collaboration with principal investigators, produce reports and presentations to communicate findings and progress to funding agencies. (5%)
  6. Lead efforts to recruit and hire subcontractors and/or research staff to support research and development activities as needed. (5%)


  1. Bachelor's degree in education or related field
  2. One year minimum experience coordinating research or development projects using project management software (e.g., Asana, Confluence, JIRA, etc.)
  3. Two years’ experience coordinating and participating in multi-site meetings using online video-conferencing tools such as Skype, Zoom, Polycom, Goto Meeting, etc.
  4. Fluent in the use of office productivity applications and cloud-based applications such as Google Docs and OneDrive.



  1. Master’s degree with major education or related field
  2. At least two years of experience scheduling, administering, and scoring educational assessments with students in schools/centers or children in homes on a federally funded grant.
  3. At least one year of web development experience using content management systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, etc.
  4. At least one year of experience as an application developer or coordinating application development of a team of developers
  5. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently or with limited supervision
  6. Strong written communication skills as evidenced by application materials
  7. Strong oral communication skills as determined through interview process and reference checks


FTE: 100%


SALARY: $44,105.00—66,157.00 annually, commensurate with education and experience.  


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin August 14, 2018 and continue as needed until position is filled.   


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For more information and to apply go to (Please submit an online application, cover letter, vitae and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your particular skills set and prior experience contributing to the research at JGCP.  If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr. Buzhardt at If you have questions about the application process you may contact Diana Skill at 913-735-2612


Candidates must successfully pass a background check.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities.